The GCA co-hosted the New York Road and Infrastructure Coalition’s Annual 2018 Congressional Delegation Reception in the Mansfield Room of the U.S. Capitol in Washington on April 17th. This year’s event was dedicated to the late Dr. James Melius who served as NYRIC’s President and who was a fixture at the event, having emceed it for more than the last 10 years. Dr. Melius was the Administrator of the NY State Laborer’s Health and Safety Trust Fund and Administrator and Treasurer of the NY State Laborers’ Political Action Committee.
GCA Officers Art Corwin (Moretrench) and Jesse Ottesen (Weeks Marine) joined GCA Executive Director Denise Richardson and colleagues from the Associated General Contractors of New York, Long Island Contractors Association, Construction Industry Council of Westchester & the Hudson Valley, American Council of Engineering Companies of New York, the NYS Laborers, the Empire State District Council of Carpenters, the Operating Engineers, the Teamsters and other industry colleagues in welcoming over half of the 27 members of the New York Delegation. Every corner of the State was represented by those Members of Congress in attendance who shared their perspectives on the status of federal transportation and infrastructure policy and funding.
The event is always a highlight of the GCA’s ongoing legislative advocacy efforts in Washington, and the good news from the Delegation this year was that federal transportation and water resource dollars included in the recently passed Omnibus Appropriation bill were at record highs.